Two committee sessions of the Codex Alimentarius Commission are due to take place at the end of April. The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of internationally adopted food standards, codes of practice, guidelines and recommendations created to protect consumer health and ensure fair practices in the food trade.

The 35th session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) will be held in Ottawa, Canada from 30 April to 4 May 2007. The provisional agenda for the CCFL’s session includes:

  • labelling provisions in the draft Codex standards; guidelines for the production, processing and marketing of organically produced foods;
  • labelling of foods and food ingredients obtained through genetic modification/genetic engineering;
  • adoption of a general standard for the labelling of pre-packaged foods;
  • a discussion paper on advertising in relation to nutrition and health claims; and
  • modified standardised common names.

Meanwhile, the 39th session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) will take place in Beijing, China from 24 to 28 April 2007. The CCFA was established last year to set or endorse maximum levels for individual food additives, prepare priority lists of food additives for risk assessment and assign functional classes to individual food additives.